Why does Kottak prefer to speak of sociopolitical organization considering how anthropologists have traditionally differed from political scientists in their approach to the political?

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1. "Sociopolitical" is a combined word that joins social or sociological with political. The meanings addresses the areas of  life where social and political concerns intersect and interact with each other.

2. Kottak makes it a point to specify that when anthropologists identify movement from tribes to band to chiefdoms to states, these movements are made in part through political impetus and partly through sociological impetus. Thus these movements upward in political development arise not only out of political motivations and needs but they arise jointly out of social motivations and needs. Therefore the movements in political organization are socio-political or sociopolitical movements that reflect society and political changes.


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